Budapest, June 13 (MTI) – The number of illegal migrants staying in Hungary and the burden on reception centres are expected to drop as a result of parliament’s Monday decision to expand the list of refugee procedures that can be carried out at the border, György Bakondi, the prime minister’s chief advisor said.

Under the modified law, illegal entrants apprehended within eight kilometres of the border will be returned to the border and offered an opportunity to apply for asylum. Applicants will not be expelled from the country and their appeals will be processed with no delay, state secretary Károly Kontrát said.

Forceful entry across the border or damaging the border fence will remain criminal offences.


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